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Action Packed Summer Fun

In Lakeville, summer is the season for action and adventure. With an abundance of exciting outdoor activities available, there’s something fun for everyone. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the best action-packed three days of your summer!




Once you’ve checked into your Lakeville hotel, you’ll dive right into your first adventure with a trip to Valleyfair in Shakopee, the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest! Situated on 90 acres, Valleyfair offers more than 75 exciting rides and attractions – from rollercoasters to kid rides.


Thrill seekers will be treated to eight exhilarating coasters, with twists, turns, breathtaking speed and gravity-defying drops. Check out the park’s newest attraction, Delirious, if you dare! This 70-foot looping thrill ride coils riders upside-down on a seven-story, 360-degree freestanding structure on a high-capacity, high-speed train. Riders will complete 10 revolutions in less than one minute!


Enjoy the amazing views from atop the Power Tower or North Star swings, ride the rapids on Thunder Canyon and experience good old-fashioned fun on classic attractions like the ferris wheel, scrambler and tilt-a-whirl. Give the little kids a pint-sized thrill on one of Planet Snoopy’s 16 kid rides or slip and slide at Soak City waterpark, which is free with your admission. Your whole family will be screaming for more at the place where the fun never ends!


For dinner, you could choose from one of Valleyfair’s fast-casual spots, but you won’t regret making your way back to Lakeville for tasty, homemade specialty pizza at Goodfella’s Pizza Bar and Grill. This family-run pizza joint offers a full bar and menu that includes their signature specialty pies, appetizers, pasta, burgers, salads and more.


If you’re craving dessert, you’ll want to visit The Waffle Bar in Lakeville. This quaint eatery serves up dessert in “bubble waffles,” which originated in Hong Kong and made their way to the Chinatowns of America – and now, to Lakeville! At the Waffle Bar, they are made from scratch every day and loaded with premium ice cream and toppings. You can also order savory waffles and an assortment of specialty drinks, like milk tea and smoothies.




Are you ready for another day of fun and adventure? To start your day off right, you’ll have a hearty breakfast at Rudy’s Red Eye Grill. Choose from breakfast classics like omelets, eggs benedict, pancakes and french toast – or spice it up with the chorizo avocado skillet or the sunrise burrito.


You’ll spend the afternoon at Minnesota’s ultimate outdoor playground, Champion Valley Park, just outside of Lakeville. This 150-acre park offers unlimited fun, including paintball, ax-throwing, archery, airsoft and more! All of the sunshine, exercise and fresh air will leave you feeling invigorated!


Now, it’s time to get cleaned up and prepare for your evening of speed at the Elko Speedway. But first, you’ll make a stop for dinner at Baldy’s BBQ for the best barbeque in town! From smoked bone-in wings and fried green beans to smoked brisket, pulled pork and ribs, every menu item at Baldy’s is lip-smacking good.


Tonight you’ll experience the thrill of breakneck speeds and burning rubber at Elko Speedway, a 3/8 mile asphalt oval NASCAR-sanctioned race track located in Elko New Market, just outside of Lakeville. The speedway offers multiple live racing events from May to September, including its special “Eve of Destruction®” nights featuring daredevil stunts, monster trucks, school bus races, motorcycles, motocross, live music, a petting zoo, bull rides and even fireworks!


If you’re still up for some fun after the race, head over to the Elko Drive-In Theater for a classic movie-watching experience. Enjoy current blockbusters with state-of-the-art digital projection and FM reception from the comfort of your car, plus a fully stocked concession stand for late-night cravings.




This morning, you’ll grab a quick breakfast from Dunkin’ Donuts in Lakeville. Fuel up with a breakfast sandwich, bagel, muffin or one of their signature donuts. And don’t forget a coffee, black, iced or frozen!


Today’s activity takes you just a few miles south of Lakeville to Sand Creek Adventures in Jordan. Experience the beauty of the Sand Creek bluffs as you soar through the air on a zipline 100 feet over the water. As you glide over the trees, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment that will boost your confidence and give you life-long memories.


If you’re looking to test yourself even more, take a turn on the high ropes challenge course, or work with a team to overcome the low ropes challenge course, which is designed to help unify mind and muscle.


After all of that action, lunch is in order! Make your way to historic downtown Lakeville to B-52 Burgers & Brew, where you’ll find award-winning burgers, plus a variety of apps, sandwiches and salads. Make sure to stop by Dairy Delite just down the road for an old-fashioned ice cream shop experience!

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